Balance Work With Play!
Guided Family Hike
June 11, 11:00 a.m.
Booth Falls, Vail
On your way home from Annual Session on Sunday, take a detour for a guided hike to the breathtaking Booth Falls. This 2-3 hour hike (3.9 mile out-and-back trail) will be led by Dr. Brett Kessler and kids are welcome. Meet at the Booth Falls parking area, located 5 miles east of the hotel. Please bring water, food and appropriate shoes for the hike.
GoPro Mountain Games
The GoPro Mountain Games are the country’s largest celebration of adventure sports, art and music, and the games will be in Vail the same weekend as the CDA Annual Session!
When you’re done learning and leading at the meeting, hop on the hotel shuttle or local bus to watch the extreme sporting events and athletes. This jam packed festival includes swag from GoPro sponsors, concerts every night and events for the entire family.
GoPro has events for both “pros and Joes,” so anyone can participate and not all of the events are extreme. Visit mountaingames.com and view a sampling below.
- Yoga: Experience the Zen Zone (183 Gore Creek Dr.) each day of the weekend with a unique yoga experience on the mountain with internationally known instructors. Classes are $5-$35.
- Fun Runs: In lieu of the CDA’s annual 5K, check out the Superfeet Apres 5K Trail Run on June 9 at 5:30 p.m., Superfeet 10K Spring Runoff on June 10 at 8 a.m., or Pepi’s Face-Off (a 30-minute uphill/downhill dash) on June 11 at 10:30 a.m. Registration prices vary.
- Kids: Even the littlest athletes can participate at the event. On June 10 at 10 a.m., kids can take part in the free X-Country Mountain Bike ride (458 Vail Valley Dr.). Later that day at 1:30 p.m. families can try out the Mountain Mud Run (400 Bridge St.). Lastly, there is a youth climbing wall competition (280 Vail Rd.) on June 11 at 8 a.m.
- Dogs: GoPro loves dogs and welcomes anyone to join the Rocky Dog Trail Run 5K (400 Bridge St.) on June 8 at 5:30 p.m. The fee is $45-$55 depending on time of registration.
- Concerts: Don’t miss 3 FREE nights of concerts at the Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater, including music from Moon Taxi, Keller Williams’ Grateful Grass and Nahko and Medicine for the People.
More information about all events can be found at mountaingames.com.
Did you know that Vail has a rollercoaster? Depending on the timing of the last spring snowfall in Vail, Epic Discovery is open in June and not-to-miss. With a day pass, adults and kids can access the Forest Flyer™ alpine coaster, zip line, tubing, adventure course and scenic gondola.
Book online at vail.com/info/epic-discovery.aspx or call 888-500-5155 to speak with a local expert.
All Day Options ~ On your own activities:
Vail is crawling with outdoor actvities and adventures, literally right outside the hotel doors. Need some inspiration, check out the links below!
Other fun spots to check out include:
Betty Ford Gardens and Nature Center
At 8,250 feet above sea level, the Betty Ford Alpine Gardens is the highest botanical garden in the world. With numerous educational programs for children and adults, including mountain hikes, docent-led tours, classes and exhibits, the beautiful botanical gardens in Vail offer countless ways to enjoy the rare and exotic alpine wildflowers and plants.
Colorado Ski and Snowboard Museum Hall of Fame
The Colorado Ski and Snowboard Museum is a treasure trove of ski history and heritage. Its 6 themed galleries display artefacts, narratives and film documentaries that entertain and educate visitors of all ages. The museum is open 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Charter Sports Mountain Bike Tours
See all that Vail has to offer on a scenic mountain bike tour. Charter Sports, which has several locations in Vail, provides mountain bike rental services or complete mountain bike tours.